Ethers

LyondellBasell completes Corpus Christi complex expansion

HOUSTON, and LONDON -- LyondellBasell, one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced completion of the 800 million pounds-per-year ethylene expansion project at the company's Corpus Christi, Texas, site.

China cancels ethanol imports as tax hike threatens trade

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese buyers have cancelled up to seven cargoes of ethanol due to arrive by the end of March, sources said, the first sign that a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand from the world's fastest-growing market.

Oberon Fuels, Mack Trucks begin demonstration of a Dimethyl Ether-powered truck

NEW YORK -- Oberon Fuels, a producer of clean-burning Dimethyl Ether (DME) transportation fuel, announced the commencement of the first-ever customer demonstration of a DME-powered Mack truck, a Mack Pinnacle. Oberon and Mack are working with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to run the vehicle at the Fresh Kills Landfill and evaluate performance and overall drivability.

Brazil's Petrobras sells $587MM in ethanol, petchem assets

SAO PAULO (Reuters) -- Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, on Wednesday announced the sale of ethanol and petrochemicals assets for $587 million, but said it would still fall $1.5 billion short of its divestment target for the 2015-2016 period.

ABS-classed VLEC loads first ethane shipment

HOUSTON -- ABS is pleased to announce that the ABS-classed Ethane Crystal, the world’s first Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC), has loaded its first shipment of ethane cargo at Enterprise Products Partner’s Morgan’s Point Terminal.

Saudi's PetroRabigh restarts ethane cracker

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's PetroRabigh said it restarted its ethane cracker after maintenance was completed, according to a bourse statement.

HP Editorial Comment: Alternative energy?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Alternative energy is a point-of-reference term. Natural gas is an alternative energy resource for transportation fuels. As more natural gas resources are developed, natural gas is displacing coal as ..

HP News

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

More cuts in 2015 inevitable on wave of capacityESAI Energy is declaring that a wave of new distillation capacity will underscore the inevitability of more refinery closures in Europe and other market..

Two approaches to sulfur management

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Sulfur is naturally present as an impurity in fossil fuels. When the fuels are burned, the sulfur is released as sulfur dioxide—an air pollutant that contributes to respiratory problems for human..

HP Viewpoint: Refining industry developments—Growing opportunity and uncertainty

Drevna, Charles T., American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

The U.S. has seen a dramatic change in energy production in just a relatively short period. Crude oil output has increased by about 55% in the last five years, according to data from the Energy Inform..